Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cub Scout Religious Knot (LDS - Faith In God) Boondoggle

We learned at Roundtable about how one ward has incorporated Faith in God (or other religious awards) into their pack and how they are recognizing the boys so that they have more desire to work on it.
(The LDS Faith In God religious knot earned only while in cub scouts has only 7 requirements which are indicated in the Faith In God book with a tiny square knot next to the requirement, while Faith In God has many more and is earned up until their 12th birthday.)
This ward made an all white boondoggle (click here for instructions) with a loop on top big enough to fit over a scout shirt button, and 4 untied lengths at the end for stringing beads.
They picked up beads in 4 different colors to match the colors found in the Faith In God book: a purple/blue, teal/green, dark blue, and orange.
To keep the beads on, put the lace through the bottom bead, then wrap the lace back to the top of the bead and put it through the top again.
Each year, boys must complete 2 requirements in the purple, teal, and blue areas. So, whenever a boy completes a requirement, they get a colored bead to match that then goes on their boondoggle.
By the end of their first year (when they turn 9), they would ideally have all 6 beads - two of each color. By the end of their second year (when they turn 10), they would have 12 beads. By the end of their last year (when they turn 11), they would have 18 beads.
Then, when they are an 11-year old boy scout, they work on the orange requirements. There are 5 requirements total. You may want to give them one orange bead when they graduate to the 11-year old scouts so that they end up with 6 beads on each of the 4 strings.
When this is done, they earn their Faith In God award.
Please note that the Faith in God award is earned when the boy is 11. The religious square knot is earned whenever the boy completes all the requirements that have a knot after their description (there are 7 total requirements). Typically, this knot is earned when the boy is a Webelos scout.
For boys who are not LDS, you can do the same kind of thing by grouping the requirements into 4s and so forth. If you know of a faith's requirements, share them with us and we'll post them here for everyone to learn.


  1. How long were the untied portions at the bottom to accommodate all those beads? How do the beads stay on the strings? I've never made a boondoggle before, but I am very interested in doing this for my wolf den to track their FIG. Thanks!

  2. Since each of the 4 strings would end up holding 6 beads, and each bead is 1/4 an inch long, you would need 1 1/2 inches just to go through all the beads, but you will need an additional inch for "tying" the beads on, for a total of 2 1/2 inches of untied portion at the bottom.

    The way you keep the beads on the string is that after you put the string through the last bead, you loop the string back up the outside of the bead, then back through the center again.

    Good luck!